Category: Areas of Intervention

NORMALITY WAS THE PROBLEM | Extended Call for a Common Campaign

Microutopías, Inmigración, ¿Volver adónde? / Back to where?, 2020


The Call for a Common Campaign is extended until September 15, 2020

#NormalityWasTheProblem #LaNormalidadEraElProblema #ANormalidadeEraOProblema #LaNormalitéÉtaitLeProblème


“There will be no return to old ‘normality’ in the near future”
These are Tedros Adhamon’s words. Meanwhile, due to “old normality”, in some places disguised as “new normality”, no near futures seem to appear on our horizonts.Global illness. A yearning for accumulation that does not pay attention to those who are left out, crowded in refugee camps or in shacks surrounded by greenhouses of slave labor; those who are evicted from their homes, neighborhoods and lives; those who are forgotten in jails which negotiate with their black bodies; those who are forced to put their dignity in the queue of the food bank, of the charity of the State or the Churches, of unemployment, of the papers, or the hawthorn borders.
Global resistance. A force that reinvents each time the meaning of the word freedom to undress it from the abuses it suffers on a daily basis. Which recovers the word justice by putting it into practice, day by day, in the networks of mutual support, in stopping evictions, in the demonstrations for the support of the public, of the common; in strengthening ties; in the planetary virtual proximity of the contagion of slogans, struggles and political affections.
With this text we invite you to continue denouncing the unbearable injustice of normality, and to tell  where it breaks and how from these cracks emerge genuine political springs ; through words, posters, sounds, images, graffiti, tweets, stones or birds. 

With this campaign we invite you to continue denouncing the unbearable injustice of normality, and to tell  where it breaks and how from these cracks emerge genuine political springs ; through words, posters, sounds, images, graffiti, tweets, stones or birds.

Feed it by sending your contributions to: normalitywastheproblem@gmail.com
Campaign pad: https://pad.riseup.net/p/%23NormalityStillTheProblem
To contribute images, memes, …: normalitywastheproblem@gmail.com
To see all contributions: Instagram @normalitywastheproblem or on https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1C8HyScMdxBkIByu-5hkQmA4ZUgiOhsYl?usp=sharing

POPULAR EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE IN COMMONS | Mao Mollona & Rebecca Tarlau, Lea Ana Blaustein, Zeynep Tul Sualp, Alessandro Mariano


School of Mutation within the framework of the iteration Future of Art & Cultural Institution. The online meeting is on Tuesday, July 21 at 16:00 CET; 10:00 US; 11:00 Argentina & Brasil; 18:00 Istanbul. Facilitated by Mao Mollona, with Rebecca Tarlau, Lea Ana Blaustein, Zeynep Tul Sualp, Alessandro Mariano
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This session will bring in conversation the radical pedagogies of the Bachilleratos Populares in Argentina, the Landless Movement in Brazil and the Academic Without Campus (Kampussuzler) in Istanbul for the construction of a common imaginary of horizontal, grassroots, post-capitalist and non-Eurocentric practices of learning and study. 

Epistemologies of the South are those ecologies of knowledge that exist outside the western, patriarchal and capitalist episteme. They are varied and different, but they are all born out of struggle. For de Sousa Santos, they are ‘diverse practical, empirical, popular and vernacular knowledges with one feature in common: they were not produced separately, as knowledge practices separated from other practices’ (de Sousa Santos, 2018). In them, theory is inseparable from the grassroots struggles for the socialization of knowledge and life. Militant knowledge production is production in commons and for the commons. Epistemologies of the south are not just struggle for liberation of knowledge, they are also sociologies of absence – investigations of the radical invisibility and irrelevance produced by western colonialist and capitalist episteme. But in parallel to such sociology of absences, epistemologies of struggle points also at radical emergences – the new possibilities and potentialities associated for instance, with the decolonizing, feminist, workers and landless movements.

This iteration brings in conversation three popular pedagogies – three post-capitalist and decolonised modes of study (Meyeroff, 2019): the Bachilleratos Populares in Argentina, the Landless Movement in Brazil (MST) and the Academic Without Campus (Kampussuzler) in Istanbul. These three pedagogies have emerged in liberated zones, outside state control and in connection with powerful social movements. Although their social constituencies vary – some are rural some urban, some deal with primary education and other with higher education –they are all connected to feminist, anti-capitalist and decolonial struggles. Some have been incorporated and perhaps also co-opted, into those progressive/populist states emerged from such counter-hegemonic struggles. Some have maintained autonomy or even a healthy collaboration with it. Lastly, radical pedagogies are not educational, as in the western ‘banking model’ (Freire, 1970). But they involve practices of restorative justice, aimed at healing, curing and reconnecting what it has been torn apart by capitalist and colonial enclosures.

The aim of this panel is first, to generate an intercultural translation between these different epistemologies and imagine their possible ‘unity in difference’ and second, to imagine how these radical pedagogies can be invoked to liberate the Eurocentric, capitalist and patriarchal imaginary associated with contemporary Western educational institutions.

In particular, the panel will address the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between radical pedagogy and social movement activism? How do these forms of militant engagement with the world, overlap, intersect and dialogue?
  • Do states enhance or stifle radical pedagogy? And what is the desirable relationship between nation-states and popular schools?
  • What are these schools’ central principles of governance, methodologies and curricula? 
  • What can our western education system learn from these militant modes of learning?
  • What has been the impact of the pandemic on these popular schools?
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Mao Mollona is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths’ College, London. His work focuses on politico-economic anthropology and film, especially on ideas of participation, labor, class and activism. He has done extensive fieldwork and several film projects in Brazil and the United Kingdom.

Rebecca Tarlau is an Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University affiliated with the Adult Education and Lifelong Learning program, the Comparative and International Education Program, and the Center for Global Workers’ Rights. Her ethnographic research agenda has three broad areas of focus: (1) Theories of the State and State-Society Relations; (2) Social movements, Labor Education, and critical pedagogy; (3) Latin American education and development. She is the author ofOccupying School, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education (2019, Oxford University Press).

Ana Lea Blaustein is Professor of Literature and Linguistics graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), she is a PHD candidate in Education at the same institution. She is a member of the Group of Studies on Social Movements and Popular Education (GEMSEP) and lecturer in the research seminar “Popular Education and Social Movements in Latin America” (Sociology-UBA). She also teaches Spanish as a foreign language and works in teacher training institutes. She was part of a team responsible for a research project selected by CLACSO-TNI-IEALC grant “Support Programme for Engaged Research: Struggles over Public Sphere in Latin America and the Caribbean” (2016-2017). Her research interests include literacy practices, youth and adults’ education, popular education and social movements. She worked in Bachilleratos Populares (Secondary Schools for Youth and Adults) for nearly ten years.

Z. Tül Akbal Süalp has a BA degree in Psychology and studied Political Science, Cinema Studies and Sociology in New York and İstanbul in MA and PhD levels and taught cinema, media and cultural studies in various Universities in Istanbul.  Since 2016 Spring She has become part of the members of Academics with no Campus (KAMPÜSSÜZLER) Academics with No-Campus is an initiative mainly organized by people who have been dismissed from their university positions in Turkey because they signed a petition entitled “Academics for Peace–We will not be a party to this crime”We insist that learning could take place only through a process within which theory and practice reinforce and feed each other. We aim at the wholeness, mutuality and relationality at all stages of the formation and dissemination of knowledge.

Alessandro Mariano National Education Sector for the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement.

NORMALITY WAS THE PROBLEM | Call for a Common Campaign

The context of the global pandemic has amplified all the inequalities that feed the capital accumulation system: gender inequalities (more violence in closed-door households, more care workload for women without schools or senior centers, more harassment on online channels…); the inequalities of border regimes; inequalities in the international division of labor, among many others. At the same time, all public goods have been eroded, as shown by the state of health systems around the world. That was and it is our normality.

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ON THE BIENNALE’S RUINS? INHABITING THE VOID, COVERING THE DISTANCE by Marco Baravalle

Illustration by Kaya, On the Biennale’s ruins, 2020.

translation by Gabriella Riccio

Too much love and friendship connect me to many people working for and around Venice Biennale. Too much admiration connects me to many that thanks to La Biennale made Venice a place to come back to instead of a “once-in-a-lifetime” tourist destination. Not light-heartedly these pages will go down as an exercise of speculation and critique. I am  participating in the uncertainty of those people risking to lose their jobs, watching their business fail, not getting their contracts renewed, being unable to access the already miserable existing welfare measures. Considering the earnings in monetary terms: room attendants, janitors, technicians, workers, freelancers, researchers, teachers, journalists, tourist-guides, artists, architects, curators, performers, etc. will –  more or less – lose something due to a possible (yet hopefully unlikely) cancellation or postponed events programmes linked to the various departments of La Biennale.

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GESTURES OF RADICAL IMAGINATION: A PROGRAM FOR THE USEFUL REVOLUTION by Emanuele Braga

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translation by Gabriella Riccio

Do we change, now? It will probably always be worse: the techno-authoritarian drift

Coronavirus management risks dragging everyone into techno-authoritarianism: a social life awaits us in which we are controlled every move we make. Through GPS, cell phones, cameras in public spaces and streets it will be possible to understand if we really respect the rules of social distancing. At first they will tell us that their data collection will respect anonymity and that it will be performed “only” to understand mass behavior. Then they will come to individual sanctions and integrated ranking systems. Those who are unemployed will have to stay at home or go shopping at the most, only those with a job will be allowed to move or take a plane.

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IRI MEETING #4 ATHENS | MILITANT RESEARCH


October 31st, November 1st and 2nd at Athens School of Fine Art (ASFA) > full programme below


OPEN SCHOOL OF MILITANT RESEARCH

We are a group of artists, curators, scholars and activists who work together to develop research, enquires, knowledge and practices – decolonised, anti-capitalist and non-anthropocentric –  with the aim of prefiguring and enacting life after capitalism because

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IRI MEETING #3 ATHENS | SOLIDARITY SCHOOLS

With the collaboration of the Solidarity School Mesopotamia and the Open School Piraeus, the Institute of Radical Imagination created a space to reflect on practices of radical pedagogy and set up together with solidarity schools for social activation and political prefiguration of education in the commons.

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MASTER EN COMUNES URBANOS @ CSO LA INGOBERNABLE

MASTER in Urban Commons, the Ingobernable and various social centres in Madrid and across Spain will collectively discuss and re-define the vocabularies, practices and strategies of urban commoning starting by sharing the experience of I beni comuni emergenti developed by l’Asilo Ex Asilo Filangieri in Naples.

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IRI MEETING #2 MADRID | URBAN COMMONS

The second gathering of the Institute of Radical Imagination takes place from 28th of May to 2nd of June 2018 at the Ingobernable, Madrid.

The five-days event in Madrid will consist in two parallel sets of events: a MASTER in Urban Commons, organized by La Ingobernable in collaboration with IRI and involving various Spanish urban commons and social centres and a three-day workshop about the Institute of Radical Imagination’s forms of governance, sustainability, future projects and potential collaborations with social centres and urban commons across Europe’s south, the Mediterranean and the global South.

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NOTES ON MAPPING THE INSTITUTE OF RADICAL IMAGINATION by Emanuele Braga and Marco Baravalle

Relationship between the visible and the invisible

To map or to create a diagram means to visualize a certain chose contents, be it the physical geography of a portion of space or the relational network of people and organizations working to define an Institute for Radial Imagination. Of course, by creating maps, we are only partially describing already existing territories that will define the space covered by the Institute activity.

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IRI MEETING #1 NAPLES | RADICAL IMAGINATION


L’Asilo November 29th / Scugnizzo Liberato November 30th > Fb


PROGRAM

November 29th at L’Asilo

10:00 – 14:30 Organisational meeting of the IRI’s steering committee:

  1. The Institute of Radical Imagination Introduced by Mao Mollona.
  2. New forms of collaboration. The museum of the commons with Manuel Borja Villel.
  3. Relations, aesthetics and politics Introduced by Marco Baravalle.
  4. Translation. Collaborative platforms, common language and methodology of working in commons introduced by Raúl Sánchez Cedillo.
  5. Legalising the Commons and new Municipalism introduced by Giuseppe Micciarelli.
  6. Mapping the Institute of Radical Imagination introduced by Emanuele Braga and Marco Baravalle.
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